Turning Points in Military History
  • Alternative view 1 of Turning Points in Military History
  • Alternative view 2 of Turning Points in Military History

Turning Points in Military History

by William Weir
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

Turning points in military history are often turning points in world history as well. In this thought-provoking book, noted military historian William Weir explores the stunning leaps of martial imagination that have redefined combat and conquest. These leaps embrace everything from the first sharpened sticks wielded by our ancestors to today's terrifying "shock and…  See more details below

Overview

Turning points in military history are often turning points in world history as well. In this thought-provoking book, noted military historian William Weir explores the stunning leaps of martial imagination that have redefined combat and conquest. These leaps embrace everything from the first sharpened sticks wielded by our ancestors to today's terrifying "shock and awe" satellite-guided weaponry.

With the author's aid, readers will find themselves gazing out from the stone fortifications of a European castle, witnessing the frightening power of gunpowder as it brings the age of the samurai to an end, and boarding a modern aircraft carrier to deliver mechanized war to enemy shores. Pivotal moments in combat history come alive—for example, the bewildered amazement of onlookers as the "cheesebox" iron-clad Monitor steamed out to take on the Merrimack.

Weapons, however, are not the whole story of turning points, as the author makes eminently clear. Important leaps may be economic, scientific, social, or religious in origin. Nationalism helped to create standing armies, prepared to fight at any time; railroads brought warfare ever closer to civilian areas; the Mongols, Weir notes, may have had to give up plans of expanding their empire westward because of the abundance of fortified, walled cities they confronted there.

Landmark moments in the history of armed conflict combine to create this compelling analysis of how wars are made, won, and lost—and the technical and strategic challenges yet to be faced.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760783856
Publisher:
Sterling
Publication date:
12/30/2006
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

William Weir, a combat correspondent with the 25th Infantry Division during the Korean War, is now a freelance writer specializing in military history and true crime. His other books include 50 Battles that Changed the World and 50 Weapons that Changed Warfare.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >